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Gunman in fatal shooting facing 23 years in prison

A Buffalo man was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison on his first-degree manslaughter conviction.

Anthony Thomas, 24, of Niagara Street also was placed on five years of post-release supervision by State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller.

Thomas pleaded guilty last month to shooting Fernando Vega, 21, on June 9 on West Lane in Schaffer Village. Vega was Buffalo's 22nd homicide victim this year.

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Three men, two juveniles charged in gang assault

DELEVAN -- Three area men and two juveniles have been arrested in a gang assault Dec. 13 in the village park, according to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Charged with second-degree gang assault, endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree conspiracy are: Ryan Tarr, 20, and Corry Stroh, 20, both of Delevan; Jeremy Cecala, 24, of Machias and two unidentified juveniles.

They were each processed and are to appear at a later date in Town of Yorkshire Court.

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Attack on Ischua father lands man, 33, in hot water

ISCHUA -- Dennis M. Berdyck, 33, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies following a domestic incident Dec. 18 on the Five Mile Road.

Officers said Berdyck became violent with his father who was treated for injuries.

Berdyck was charged with third-degree assault and was being held in the county jail on $250 bail.

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Harassment case suspect in jail, in lieu of bail

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Kennedy man released from Chautauqua County Jail and turned over to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on Dec. 17 faces a warrant issued by Coldspring Town Court for second-degree harassment.

William E. Barnes, 21, of Cedar Street was arraigned in Napoli Town Court and held in the county jail with bail set at $500.

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Hamburg officer finds missing man, 74

A 74-year-old Orchard Park man who had been missing since Monday morning was located early Wednesday by a Hamburg police officer, according to Orchard Park authorities.

Richard J. Krycia told Hamburg Officer David Jasinski, who spotted him driving his vehicle on Route 20, that he had been visiting a friend in Niagara County and was on his way back home, Orchard Park police said.

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Aggravated DWI charge lodged in snowbank crash

A Buffalo motorist who crashed his car into a snowbank in Elma early Wednesday was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to Erie County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies were dispatched to Knabb Road shortly after 2:30 a.m., to investigate a report of a man pounding on doors in the area. They found Deshawn A. Clark, 35, of Buffalo, who appeared to be intoxicated.

After failing several sobriety tests, Clark was arrested by Deputy Russ Tyczka. Clark, who had a blood-alcohol content of .22, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Deputies said Clark's vehicle sustained considerable damage. It was towed from the scene and will be held for 12 hours.

Clark was released to a third party, deputies said.

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Violent attack results in 9-year prison sentence

A Buffalo man with a prior violent felony conviction was sentenced this week to up to nine years in prison for severely injuring another man last April.

Alberto Rosado, 34, who had pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted assault, received a harsher sentence from State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang because of an earlier assault conviction, said prosecutor Patrick B. Shanahan.

Rosado also failed to show up at an earlier sentencing date. The judge on Tuesday added a couple of years to her original sentencing commitment, the prosecutor said.

Rosado served more than two years in prison before being released in 2001 for his earlier attempted assault conviction.

Rosado and his brother Josue Rosado, 27, attacked the victim with a claw hammer because they believed the victim had been previously involved in a relationship with a relative, Shanahan said.

Josue Rosado earlier this month was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading to second-degree assault.

The victim, who spent a week in intensive care at Erie County Medical Center, has permanent nerve damage in his arm.

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Boy, 10, who went missing found in Sussex Ave. home

A 10-year-old East Side boy who was missing Tuesday night was found safe, Buffalo police said.

Justin Kelly of Hempstead Avenue, was found at a home on Sussex Avenue right around midnight. He was reported missing around 8 p.m., police said.

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